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SDSU claims Commissioner's Cup

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 06/04/2013 10:17:17

ELMHURST, Ill. — For the second time in three years, South Dakota State University has captured the Commissioner's Cup as the top athletic program in The Summit League. Jackrabbit teams also combined to win the Dr. William Steinbrecher Men's All-Sports Award for the first time, while ranking second in the race for the Dr. Helen Smiley Women's All-Sports Award.

On the strength of first-place finishes in men's cross country, men's basketball and women's basketball, the Jackrabbits claimed the Commissioner's Cup with 94.5 points. Of the 18 championships in which the Jackrabbits compete, they finished in the top three in 10, while placing in the top five in all but two. The Jackrabbits finished in the top two in five men’s championship sports on their way to capturing the Dr. William Steinbrecher Award.

North Dakota State, last season’s Commissioner’s Cup recipient, took second with 87.0 points. The next three positions were separated by one point each with South Dakota (78.5) taking third, followed by Oakland (77.5) and Kansas City (76.5). Western Illinois finished sixth with 65.5 points, while newcomer Omaha (64.0), Fort Wayne (59.5) and IUPUI (58.0) rounded out the standings.

The Commissioner’s Cup is given annually to the member institution that collects the most combined points in relationship to placement in league-sponsored sports between its men’s and women’s athletic programs, while the All Sports Awards are given to the institutions that accumulate the most points in men’s sports and women’s sports. The men’s award is named for former Valparaiso Director of Athletics Dr. William Steinbrecher, who guided the Crusaders from 1979-2004, while the women’s award is named for former Western Illinois Director of Athletics Dr. Helen Smiley, who headed WIU’s athletic program from 1994-2001.

North Dakota State collected its third consecutive Dr. Helen Smiley Award after placing first in women’s cross country, women’s indoor track and field, women’s golf, softball and women’s outdoor track and field.

Following are the standings for all awards:

Commissioner's Cup Standings

Place

School

Points

1.

South Dakota State

94.5

2.

North Dakota State

87.0

3.

South Dakota

78.5

4.

Oakland

77.5

5.

Kansas City

76.5

6.

Western Illinois

65.5

7.

Omaha

64.0

8.

Fort Wayne

59.5

9.

IUPUI

58.0

 

Dr. William Steinbrecher Men's All-Sports Award Standings

Place

School

Points

1.

South Dakota State

45.5

2.

Western Illinois

34.5

3.

Kansas City

33.0

 

Oakland

33.0

5.

South Dakota

30.5

6.

North Dakota State

29.5

7.

IUPUI

18.0

8.

Omaha

15.5

9.

Fort Wayne

13.5

 

Dr. Helen Smiley Women's All-Sports Award Standings

Place

School

Points

1.

North Dakota State

57.5

2.

South Dakota State

49.0

3.

Omaha

48.5

4.

South Dakota

48.0

5.

Fort Wayne

46.0

6.

Oakland

44.5

7.

Kansas City

43.5

8.

IUPUI

40.0

9.

Western Illinois

31.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

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